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Hummingbird Moments

Photo by Gary Fultz on Unsplash

I love watching the “hummers” hover around our flowers, but I’m never fast enough to get a good photo.🙄 Enter my friend, Gary Fultz, hummingbird-picture-taker extraordinaire! Gary has some wonderful nature shots on the free photo sharing site, Unsplash. You can check them out here. If you use some of his pics on your blog you can even leave him a tip via PayPal.

What’s so fascinating about hummingbirds is how God expertly crafted them to do one thing REALLY well. When it comes to acrobatic nectar gathering, nothing tops these little green guys! They excel at what they were made to do.

And you and me? What did God uniquely gift each of us to do? Every now and again we have our “Hummingbird Moments”—when we’re reminded of our God-given purpose.

A few weeks ago I got to sing in the chorus for a concert version of the musical Oklahoma! During the rousing final number, the audience rose to their feet as they clapped along. And at that moment, singing second tenor at the top of my lungs, I realized anew, “This is what I was born to do!”

Enough about me. How has God uniquely gifted you? What were YOU born to do?

Sometimes it helps to condense your life purpose into a handful of words; make a six word story that sums up you. Here’s mine: Teaches children, helps and encourages people. Oops, I said enough about me.☺️

Please give it a try! I’d love to hear your six words. Share in the comments, if you’d like.


If you are uniquely gifted in your work, you will rise and be promoted. You won’t be held back–you’ll stand before kings.

Proverbs 22:29 (TPT)

A person’s gift opens doors for him and brings him before the great.

Proverbs 18:16 (CSB)

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Ebony and Ivory

Two little girls, of two different races, walking down the hall holding hands, that’s what I saw one morning. As I passed them, one told me (with genuine joy), “This is my sister!”

Young children are many things, but they aren’t naturally biased.

Can we all get along?

Rodney King

The apostle Paul thought so. “The entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ — Galatians 5:14 (NIV). He then warned the church at Galatia that if they kept “biting and devouring” each other, they would destroy each other.

Next, he offers the solution: “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” — Galatians 5:16

Only through the power of the supernatural, by God’s grace, can we love others as well as we love ourselves.

🙏 Heavenly Father: please help us to be like those two little girls, today and every day. For, as the song says, 🎶”They’ll know we are Christians by our love.”🎶 AMEN


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My New Clowned Friend

I met a clown once. He was at the mall making balloon animals for the kids. While he contorted a squeaky red one into a dog for my son, I noticed six cryptical letters embroidered on his costume–where a name tag would be. “IYQYQR” I said,” What does that mean?” “Oh, you don’t speak “clown-lish,” said the red-nosed jester with a grin. “I…like…you..like…you…are,” he said, pointing to each letter.

My new clowned friend was on to something. He must have heard about the guy who said this:

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.

Theodore Roosevelt

At the risk of comparing The Almighty to both a clown and our 26th president, I believe God agrees.

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

Psalm 103:8,10,13 (NIV)

Clearly, imperfect humans fall far short of God’s holiness (Romans 3:23). And our creator doesn’t grade on the curve. He could flunk us all. Thankfully, there’s a merciful solution for our predicament.

But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:8 (NIV)

You probably already know these things. So, here’s my somewhat fresh angle: God likes you like you are. You don’t have to DO anything to earn his endearment. Like that clown at the mall, He just likes you. Period.

Squeaky balloon animal, anyone?


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This post was first published on June 17, 2019, when I had thirty-seven followers. Fourteen of them were squeaky balloon animals.